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What is a Showrunner? Considering Post-Network Television Authorship Derek Kompare Southern Methodist University
Why Study Authorship? <ul><li>Rising interest in issues of production and textuality </li></ul><ul><li>Instability in medi...
Post-Network TV Authorship Disseminated as  publicity   (i.e., paratexts) Four publics: Functions as  industrial critical ...
Showrunner as Editor Amy Sherman-Palladino ( Gilmore Girls ) “ I don't believe that bullshit, ‘If you love it, let it go.’...
Showrunner as Boss/Parent Shonda Rhimes ( Grey’s Anatomy ) “ I feel like this is stuff that happened in our family, and I ...
Showrunner as Brand Manager Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof ( Lost ) “ If the show is lame, none of these things are worth...
Showrunner as Host Ron Moore ( Battlestar Galactica ) “ We’re going to be talking about an episode that I don’t particular...
Showrunner as Worker On the WGA picket lines, November 2007
Authorship Culture What does authorship mean? How is authorship performed? Where else is authorship?
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What Is A Showrunner?: Post-Network Television Authorship

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A presentation given at Console-ing Passions, April 2008, Santa Barbara, CA

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What Is A Showrunner?: Post-Network Television Authorship

  1. 1. What is a Showrunner? Considering Post-Network Television Authorship Derek Kompare Southern Methodist University
  2. 2. Why Study Authorship? <ul><li>Rising interest in issues of production and textuality </li></ul><ul><li>Instability in media forms, industries, and cultures </li></ul><ul><li>Conspicuous auteurism throughout media culture </li></ul>
  3. 3. Post-Network TV Authorship Disseminated as publicity (i.e., paratexts) Four publics: Functions as industrial critical reflexivity (see John T. Caldwell, Production Culture) Generated by systemic instability <ul><li>critics </li></ul><ul><li>fans </li></ul><ul><li>industry </li></ul><ul><li>peers </li></ul>
  4. 4. Showrunner as Editor Amy Sherman-Palladino ( Gilmore Girls ) “ I don't believe that bullshit, ‘If you love it, let it go.’ If you love it, stay there and make sure no one else fucks it up.” ( EW , May 2007)
  5. 5. Showrunner as Boss/Parent Shonda Rhimes ( Grey’s Anatomy ) “ I feel like this is stuff that happened in our family, and I don't want to give specifics. ... But there was a moment when I was sure...it was the right decision to be made for everybody.” (on firing Isaiah Washington, to the Television Critics Association, July 2007)
  6. 6. Showrunner as Brand Manager Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof ( Lost ) “ If the show is lame, none of these things are worth anything.” (Carlton Cuse on Lost ’s transmedia products, NYTimes, October 2006)
  7. 7. Showrunner as Host Ron Moore ( Battlestar Galactica ) “ We’re going to be talking about an episode that I don’t particularly like and discussing maybe the reasons why it doesn’t work and the problems that I think are inherent in this particular episode.” ( BSG , “Black Market” commentary, January 2006)
  8. 8. Showrunner as Worker On the WGA picket lines, November 2007
  9. 9. Authorship Culture What does authorship mean? How is authorship performed? Where else is authorship?

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